Posts Tagged ‘pakistan


BCCI vs ICL but on the cricket field for a change

India takes on giant-killers Ireland in today’s T20 World Cup fixture. Shouldn’t the BCCI be boycotting the game? Perplexed? When India takes the field for tonight’s game it will probably be the first time an India team is involved in a Match that also features players who’ve been involved in the Indian Cricket League (ICL). Ireland mainstays Niall O’Brien and Boyd Rankin turned up for the Delhi Jets and the Kolkata Tigers in the inaugural season respectively.

Keeper O’Brien was in fact the man of the match in Ireland’s victory over Bangladesh in their earlier match. He was also the MOM when he scored a gritty 72 to lead the Irish to a famous victory over India’s arch-rivals Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup. Rankin meanwhile took career best figures of 3/32 in the match and also  topped the bowling charts for Men in Green for the tournament. The two are in fact the only ex ICL players to have turned up for their national sides in official tournaments so far.

The BCCI looks like is unaware of the ICL presence in the Ireland team. They may have relaxed rules for ex ICL talent and is in the process of welcoming them back to the ‘official’ fold and so is unlikely to create any problems in tonight’s game even if they are aware of the situation. But it should be noted that Rankin and O’Brien returned to national colors as far as back in March 2008, more than an year before the Indian Board’s pardoning of the ‘rebels’. If Ireland goes on to upset the Indians tonight, the ICL bosses will have a reason to smile. After all it will be the only time that they probably will taste any sort of success against the BCCI.


Lahore attacks a diversion

 The whole world knows of Pakistan’s hand in the 26/11 Bombay attacks. The ISI needed to do something that would turn the turn the attention of the world away from the governments  ‘investigations’ on the Bombay attacks. The Lahore attacks could well have been the answer. After their mission the terrorists walked away from the scene, quite literally,  as if they knew not one cop is gonna be after them. Isn’t this enough proof that that the cowardly act was an inside job?

Just like the Bombay attacks , the Lahore attacks was also a perfectly orchesterated operation carried out under the guidance of the ISI. The attack on the Sri Lankans definitely had shades of what happened in Bombay. A hostage situation was obviously on the cards. But for some reason the terrorists left the scene


Militants attack Sri Lankan cricketers

 Unidentified gunmen opened fire on the bus in which Sri Lankan cricketers were travelling in Lahore. The team was leaving for the 3rd day of the second test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Gaddafi stadium. According to reports five Lankan players are seriously injured including all-rounder Thilan Samaraveera who had scored his second consecutive double hundred just the previous day.  Vice captain Kumar Sangakkara, Ajanta Mendis, Chaminda Vaas, Thilan Tushara and Tharanga Panaviratna are the others injured. Five policemen have also been reported killed.


What next for Mush?

A big victory for Democracy in Pakistan. After a long nine years in office Pervez Musharaff finally stepped down as President of Pakistan today. The news didn’t come as a surprise at all as he was in the face of an impending impeachment by the ruling PPP-PML(N) coalition. The question now remains what his next move is going to be. Although a charge-sheet is filed against him for crimes including murders, it is very unlikely that Musharaff will be charged. Although he was a dictator who came to power through a coup, he was never a despot like Augusto Pinochet or Pol Pot. The most likely option for Mush is seeking asylum in Saudi Arabia. He is known to be having very close ties with the Saudi King. A point to be noted is that the Saudi intelligence chief had visited Islamabad to seek a safe exit for Mush. There are also unconfirmed reports that there are a couple of Saudi planes at the Islamabad airport. Other reports also say that Musharaff may leave for Saudi at an invite from the Saudi King himself. Turkey also could be another option for the former President.